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Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

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Winter Storm Brings Different Experiences in New York, New England

January 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Borenstein and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well.  Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York, leading one forecaster to apologize, the National Weather Service boss to get defensive, politicians to explain themselves and some Northeast residents wondering where the much-hyped snow went.

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Dutch Judge Approves Extradition Request for Russian Hacker

January 29, 2015 10:56 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling at The Hague District Court clears the way for Vladimir Drinkman to be sent to New Jersey, where he is one of four Russians and a Ukrainian charged in a sophisticated data breach that netted at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers and resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars over seven years.

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More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard.  Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.

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Authorities will Release Report on Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Plane

January 29, 2015 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing.

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Three Injured in Philadelphia Roof Collapse

January 29, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An athletic-wear store's roof partially collapsed, apparently as bricks fell from a taller building next door, injuring three women inside.  The three women were taken from the Lululemon store to a hospital but didn't have life-threatening injuries,

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Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient and avoid downtime, particularly during weather events.  The benefits of being able to work without being in the office are clear and are a simple way to show the benefits of business continuity to senior management.

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Relevant IT/DR Strategies a Necessity for Today's Business Continuity Pro

January 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s businesses lean more on technology then they ever have, which has made information technology and disaster recovery an important part of any business continuity plan. Business continuity and IT professionals must work together more than ever to keep their companies online while maintaining critical business functions.  

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Hackers Target Malaysia Airlines, Threaten to Release Customer Information

January 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.  The airline's site was down for at least seven hours, replaced by a message from the Lizard Squad hacker group, before the company brought it back online by mid-afternoon in Malaysia.

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World Health Organization Eyes Reform After Slow Ebola Response

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.  WHO's chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, acknowledged Sunday that WHO was too slow to grasp the significance of the Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have killed more than 8,600 people.

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Diesel Fuel Spill Leaves 12,000 Without Drinking Water

January 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water.  The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92.

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Armed Man Kills Co-Worker, Turns Gun on Himself

January 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire.  The 31-year-old man  exchanged words with a 38-year-old co-worker in the store's lighting section and then pulled out a gun.

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A Year After Explosion, Biofuel Plant Could Reopen Soon

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.  The explosion and fire on Jan. 22, 2013, all but leveled the plant, which converted chicken fat into biodiesel. Nobody was hurt.  The estimated damage to property and contents was $3.5 million.

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BP Calls Witnesses in Case to Lower Oil Spill Penalty

January 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It will be oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Last week, Government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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Be Prepared for Outbreaks of All Sizes

January 22, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.

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Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

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